Syrian peace talks break up after making only 'incremental progress'

UN’s special envoy defends himself against charge that talks in Geneva have become hopelessly bogged down

Four days of faltering Syrian peace talks broke up in Geneva on Friday evening with the UN’s special envoy on Syria admitting there had only been “incremental progress”, with no detailed discussions held on the main agenda items. Staffan de Mistura said he hoped talks would recommence in June, but set no specific date.

The atmosphere at the already difficult talks were soured when the Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja’afari describied a US military strike in Syria on Thursday as “government terrorism” that had caused a massacre.

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May 19th, 2017 by